Wedding dress and fashion history
Wedding fashion seems to change constantly. What is in style and beautiful today is outdated within a year.
Yet, looking over the wedding dress history, a lot was the same during the last century, even though a lot was different.
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Many weddings were quick affairs, and brides wore white suiting.
Almost two-thirds of the grooms of this era were enlisted in the military and got married in their military attire. Wedding bands for men were new and served as a symbol of commitment for soldiers away from home.
The brides in the early 1900s wore s-shaped corsets that enhanced an hourglass shape. Long sleeves, high collar and gloves added dignity and formality.
In the 1910s, dancing emerged as a wedding activity, causing slightly higher hemlines on the bride's and guests' gowns to assist with dancing. Makeup also gained popularity.
The flapper style occupies a central place in the bridal fashion of the 1920s, characterized by beautiful accessories and exaggerated Juliet veils, as well as detailed headdresses.
During the Great Depression of the '30s, weddings were a humble affair featuring repurposed gowns and minimal decor.
As America emerged from WWII, weddings returned to glamour. Tiaras, ball gowns, beautiful cars and professional portraiture became trendy. Celebrity weddings offered exciting pastimes.
The 1960s featured London-inspired Mod style, shortening hemlines and A-line skirts. Big hair and bubble veils completed the look for the brides and long sideburns for the grooms.
The 1970s showed brides with beautiful headpieces and high-neck dresses. The grooms came into style too, with velvet tuxedos and ruffled shirts.
The 1980s featured prairie-inspired silhouettes and ladylike hats.
The appliqués of the 1990s brides dresses are characteristic of this era—shiny, long-sleeved ball gowns covered with sparkling, beaded lace.
The 2000s shows sleek, clingy satins, cap sleeves and straight-across strapless necklines.
In the 2010s, weddings and bridal fashion have embraced themes in unprecedented ways: the rustic barn, bohemian style, garden, Italian villa and high fashion.
In the first decade of social media, the style of weddings has reached new heights, with people photographing weddings more than ever before.
Recent decades are known for its fast fashion that adds to our overcrowded closets and landfills.
One eco-conscious solution is to buy thrifted items and upcycle them.
Celebrities are the biggest driving force in trend creation.
Companies often turn to celebrities to be spokespeople for their brands and products because celebrities are highly influential. They have a huge fan base and consequently a bigger reach than the latest fashion magazine.
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